Girls’ Getaway

Summer vacation is nearing its end. Visions of carpooling loom. And the urge to escape is like a steady drumbeat demanding to be heeded. The best way to embrace the impending fall season? Grab the girls. Set a course for Las Vegas. And get ready to shop!
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Nikki Beach at Tropicana Las Vegas
Suit up in swimwear and hit Nikki Beach at Tropicana Las Vegas. The afternoon-to-evening goal: pool party! The recently launched beach club conjures thoughts of SouthBeach, Marbella, and St. Tropez via Nikki Beach Club, Café Nikki, and Club Nikki. Nikki Beach promises a “sizzling blend of haute cuisine, exotic cocktails, and sexy entertainment.  Who can resist that?
 
Start at the sandy four-acre Nikki Beach Club in a white teepee cabana by the pool. Order up premium bottle service and hors d’oeuvres to turn a day at the beach into a serious celebration. Carry a morning winning streak into the afternoon and beyond with Nikki Beach’s swim-up blackjack. Or check out another in-pool destination: a private island just waiting to be explored.
 
At sunset Club Nikki beckons. The ultra-lounge mixes up signature cocktails. Though girls who prefer bubbly will want to order up large format Champagne and you’ll get a visit from Club Nikki’s Champagne Muse. Complete with wings, said muse descends from the ceiling to pour glasses that call for toasting the night ahead.
 
3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(800) GO2-TROP or (702) 739-2222
troplv.com 
 
 
 

Shop

Elie TahariThe Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Why pack when there’s shopping to be done in Vegas? Sure, shopping on your home turf is great, but Vegas shopping is a veritable jungle safari the likes of which would titillate Indiana Jones himself.

Any Vegas treasure map for shopping would have a big red X marking the spot over The Forum Shops at Caesars. Here, close to 160 shops and boutiques are just waiting to be plundered, along with restaurants that will keep you fueled for the task.

Girl groups, naturally, will want to head out in search of the perfect little black dress. But keep your options open. Elie Tahari has dresses in all hues that amount to fashion perfection. Being in Vegas, Tahari’s Kathleen dress has a magnetic pull that urges shoppers to unleash their wild side. Gals still swooning over Prince William’s recent nuptials will go moony for the Delaney. And sun worshipers should make a beeline for the Roberta dress in macramé.
Accessorizing is a treasure hunt of its own. At Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian leather is molded into the sexiest of classic pointed-toe pumps. Handbag selections can present a dilemma—Gucci or Fendi? For the serious shopper, though, this doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. Go for a Gucci evening bag in black lizard with a leather detachable chain. Then, for the trip home, stock up on Fendi’s Pequin travel essentials.

 
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(702) 893-4800
forumshops.com
 
 
 

Fashion Show MallFashion Show
Across the street from The Palazzo, Encore, and Wynn Las Vegas is Fashion Show, Vegas’s largest shopping destination. Seasoned shoppers will be familiar with the venue’s seven anchor department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. When browsing Fashion Show it’s not uncommon to stumble across that very thing: live fashion shows occur every weekend on the hour with models strutting down an 80-foot runway. Before heading out, don’t miss True Religion and Tiffany & Co. And at Pinto Ranch you can procure a pair of Rocketbuster Boots to commemorate your time in the desert.

Fashion Show MallThe Shoppes at The Palazzo
Nestled inside the Palazzo, Christian Louboutin offers up more fancy footwear. It’s just one of the many places for fashion finds in The Shoppes at The Palazzo. Fashionistas will recognize their favorite houses including Van Cleef & Arpels, Diane von Furstenberg, Chloe, Tory Burch, and Jimmy Choo. The 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York is a must-shop—the home of show-stopping pieces by designers including Lanvin and Gabrielle Sanchez.

More than a dozen restaurants, many led by award-winning chefs, round out the star-studded lineup at the Shoppes at the Palazzo. CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse, SUSHISAMBA, and FIRST Food & Bar are just a few of the culinary superstars you’ll find here.

Fashion Show
3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(702) 369-8382
thefashionshow.com

The Shoppes at The Palazzo
3327 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(702) 414-4500
theshoppesatthepalazzo.com

 
 
 

Fun

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group
The perfect way to rev up your evening after a day of shopping, lounging by the pool, and relaxing is a visit to the Blue Man Group show. Wildly popular around the world, Blue Man Group defies simple description. A musical feast? Yes. A roller coaster of comedy? Absolutely. A stunning mix of technology and raw imagination? It’s all that and so much more. The explosion of color, humor, music, and technology comes to life every night in the custom-built Blue Man Group Theatre at The Venetian in Las Vegas. It’s intense, exciting, interactive, and above all a must-see.
 
Ticket prices start at $59 plus tax and service fees.

Blue Man Group Theater
at The Venetian Las Vegas
(800) BLUEMAN or (702) 414-9001
blueman.com/vegas

 
 
Tao Beach at The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort
Make your way past towering bamboo trees to lounge in one of Tao Beach’s luxury cabanas. Just how is luxury defined when it comes to cabanas? How about air-conditioning, high-definition plasma screen televisions with gaming consoles, WiFi, and custom-stocked mini fridges? Pool staff is at the ready to provide sunglass cleaning and spa services. Frosty Tao-tinis and mojitos are delivered from the 30-foot bar. Arrive on a Sunday and on there’s the extra bonus of pulsating DJ beats for the weekly Beatport Beach Party Sundays.

When it’s time for dinner, think “vibe dining” at TAO Las Vegas restaurant. The decor transports diners to China, Japan, and Thailand. People-watchers should be on the lookout for celebs like Madonna, Bono, and Janet Jackson. Foodies will be riveted by the menu, which features such fare as sandpot lobster, shrimp, and scallops with black bean sauce; wasabi-crusted filet mignon; and fresh unagi.
By dinner’s end, the beach has been transformed to a nightclub with 14-foot fire columns and tunes spun by famous deejays. Another option: heading indoors to Tao Nightclub. Keep an eye on the dance floor for celeb visitors like Rihanna, Jay-Z, the Kardashian sisters, or Lebron James. Book a VIP table and have the club’s Mood Director ensure the night is one to remember.

Fashionista alert: For the second year, Fashion Show, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and The Forum Shops at Caesars are official Las Vegas participants in Fashion’s Night Out, a collaboration between Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the city of New York.  Fashion’s Night Out will be held September 8th until September 11th.

The four centers will host a weekend full of special events and offerings for the ultimate girls’ getaway, including fashion shows, in-store events, and entertainment. Don’t miss the celebration.

For event updates and schedules visit:
thefashionshow.com

 
 
 
New York New YorkNew York-New York
Here’s an easy way to duck the desert sun: a visit to the Big Apple by way of New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. As for the advertising campaign of “Food that’s unfreakingbelievable,” girls on a getaway have two words: prove it. New York-New York has 11 dining venues to choose from. Some are NYC favorites like Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, New York Pizzeria, and Broadway Burger Bar—ideal for late-night snacking.

A first stop at New York-New York restaurants: the tequila bar at Gonzales Y Gonzales. The bar’s shrimp jalapenos are the consummate accompaniments to margaritas. The action kicks up a notch on Friday and Saturday late nights when DJ Lian spins dance-worthy tunes. And don’t forget to make reservations for other New York-New York dining establishments like Il Fornaio and Gallagher’s Steakhouse.

Experience a jet fighter’s barrel roll on New York-New York’s famous Roller Coaster. Then, for thrill of a different kind, see Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil. The adult-themed burlesque-style show urges the audience to get a little naughty with sets that include a performance in a bathtub that can conjure fond reminisces about your afternoon at the spa.

After Zumanity, there’s no reason to call it an early night. Head over to ROK Vegas to bust some moves on the dance floor. Or head to Coyote Ugly, where on Monday nights dancers compete for the honor of being a permanent Las Vegas Coyote. As the evening winds down, there’s still more entertainment to be had via the Bar at Times Square. This neighborhood-style pub has nightly dueling piano showdowns. All that tickling of the ivories will bring on thoughts of another spa day for massaging out dance-sore muscles.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino
3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South
(866) 815- 4365
newyorknewyork.com

 
 
 
Jersey BoysJersey Boys
Now in its fourth smash hit year, Jersey Boys is the No. 1-rated show in Las Vegas according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the “Must see show of the year” according to Vegas magazine. This Tony-award-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will have all the girls in the group humming the ’60s boy band’s tunes for the remainder of the trip, not to mention the road trip home. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night” will definitely be on the playlist.

Flipcams will be contemplated as well. Can they capture a current-day group of friends sharing life’s crossroads together as does the documentary-style musical? One thing’s for sure: the two-hours spent in The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino’s Jersey Boys Theatre will equal time travel to 1962. Jersey Boys runs at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Mondays are dark. The performance schedule is subject to change. Visitors should check the show’s Web site at www.jerseyboysvegas.com for the most up-to-date times.

Jersey Boys
at Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino
3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South
jerseyboysvegas.com

 
 
 

Relax

 Vdara
 
 
Vdara Hotel & Spa
After a night of living it up, head to your world-class accommodations for some shut-eye. Excellent for those turning in just around sunrise is a two-story two-bedroom penthouse at Vdara Hotel & Spa. From this 56th and 57th floor locale it’s possible to take in the Strip and all its glory as the sun makes its ascent.

After catching a few winks, it’s time for breakfast and a quick workout. Coastal cuisine from Executive Chef Martin Heierling awaits in Market Café Vdara. The Good Mornin’ Burrito is just right, especially alongside a steaming cup of cappuccino. Next stop: Vdara’s fitness center. Perfect for groups are the personal training sessions with private instructors or a yoga class. Or just hit the Cybex cardio equipment and weight machines.

A reward for working up a sweat: the Signature Manicure and Pedicure Hot Stone Treatment from The Salon at Vdara. Once the pampering begins, keep it rolling with some peppermint and tea tree reflexology. Add in primping via feather extensions and a blow-out. From here, make a quick stop at a Vdara pool daybed to plot the rest of the day.

Vdara Hotel & Spa
at CityCenter, Las Vegas
2600 W. Harmon Avenue
(866) 745-7111
vdara.com